BABS assessment of the recently promoted rookies

by Doug Gruber

Several MLB teams are hoping for success from some highly regarded prospects who have been called up this month. How did BABS rate these newcomers before the season? Do they have the skills to keep their jobs through the summer and help our fantasy teams?

BABS was not surprised that several skillful players who earned earlier promotions have already become effective fantasy contributors…hitters such as...

Ron Shandler


is considered one of the pioneers in the baseball analysis and fantasy baseball industry.

Beginning in 1986, Ron was the first to develop sabermetric applications for fantasy play. His Baseball Forecaster annual celebrated its 30th anniversary edition in 2016 and the ground-breaking website he founded - - celebrated 20 years online. Also:

Columnist, (2019-), (2007, 2015-2018), USA Today (2008-2014)

24 Top Three finishes in national experts leagues since 1994

Advisor, St. Louis Cardinals (2004)

FSTA Lifetime Achievement Award

FSWA Hall of Fame

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